In this episode, I talk with Hans Boersma on sacramental ontology and Scripture. Basically, we talk about how creation exists sacramentally in relationship with God and how Christians have and can approach Scripture.
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Mark Matthias says
Thanks, Wyatt — I see neither practical; and nor theological value in dealing with the nature of being connected to man’s fabrications that become church law, except to find a way to justify mankind’s own finite perspective on the infinite which he cannot know — otherwise He wouldn’t have to remind us:
“Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. 8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts”.…Isaiah 55:7,8,9.
Since this is the reality facing mankind — it would appear that mankind is determined not only to ‘interpret’ Scripture favorable to himself in position and glory. This bit of self-centeredness could cost a lot of lost souls from seeing biblical light. Yes, good for students and scholars perhaps for cerebral exercise, and this has been going on before the first century. And although Hans is brilliant, I am hard-pressed to even imagine a human being ever being saved by these discussions.
I don’t think it’s possible. Talk about, “obfuscate”, that’s an understatement.
The obfuscation of the Scripture has been occurring far beyond 2000 years.
In the end, ecclesiology rules and the Bible is terribly obscured…such that even a physical bath is salvific but adequately explained and carried forward by the holy grail, ecclesiology.
Church leaders would have it that we follow them in their created narratives and if they interpret scripture inaccurately their followers and bound to agree or leave the establishment, which is amazing.
We have devolved to the point that people are running from the local church and its lofty spires having had enough of no experience with the indwelling H S. It stands to reason that racism is here to stay to the bitter end — no problem, but the downside of that most cursed sin is it is impossible to ever see the kingdom as a confirmed racist.
No one seeking God could misunderstand God because His Spirit penetrates our souls and sheds light — we know this because He gives us gifts to enable our absorption of His word in a way that a million words cannot. Otherwise, why would we need John 16 to indwell, to lead us into righteousness and discern real sin…
by way of discernment (1 Corinthians 12:10)? As if we could do this ourselves through man’s attributed sacraments…when there is only one thing that is important, Jesus, in which the thief on the cross believed and shot to the kingdom when many of the intellectuals of the day went someplace else.
We know God always required faith — Abraham, in Hebrews, on the long list of believers, many Jews are in the Kingdom without the church. The church, not the one that Jesus left behind, had its day and we are still in the throes of despair. God sees through all of us.